March 6 – Is Religion Beneficial or Harmful to our Society?

Our meeting topic this week gets right to the point, so I will as well.

Christopher Hitchens’ book, God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything, is one of the most well known arguments on the side of religion as harmful. He participated in many debates, but one in particular is worth watching. The topic was “The Catholic Church is a force for good in the world.” For the motion: Archbishop John Onaiyekan and Ann Widdecombe. Against the motion: Christopher Hitchens and Stephen Fry.

As always, it’s much more interesting to hear opposing views, so I found a few articles that seek to list some of the benefits of attending regular religious services.

Religion Is Good For All Of Us, Even Those Who Don’t Follow One

The Benefits of Church

There is also a book called “America’s Blessings: How Religion Benefits Everyone, Including Atheists”. It’s basically about why religionChristianity … Evangelical Christianity is what makes America so great, even to the benefit of atheists. It’s hard to dispute claims like that.

Last Meeting

This will be the last official meeting of the quarter. We will likely have something going on next week, but we don’t have any details yet, so just keep an eye on the Facebook page.


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